Date: 15th October 2015 at 12:30am
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RB: Carl Jenkinson (West Ham)

26 September 2015 - Premier League - West Ham United v Norwich City Carl Jenkinson in action for West Ham Photo: Charlotte Wilson

By no means an easy choice, but with Joel Ward out injured, Jenkinson gets the nod. The man on loan from Arsenal had a terrible start to the season, getting sent off against Bournemouth in a performance where it would have been fitting to have the Benny Hill theme played over the top and a lengthy highlights reel to cover all of his mistakes. But since then he has bounced back, and even got on the score-sheet in the 2-2 draw away to Sunderland. He will be seeing this as his last season to impress his parent club or even earn a permanent move across London to the Hammers. This term could be make or break for a player (despite being only 23) who was once tipped for greatness when he burst onto the scene at the Gunners four years ago, after signing from Charlton Athletic.

CB: Winston Reid (West Ham)

Reid has been a real success story at West Ham, with rumours of a big move to a top four club linked every single transfer window. He is the rock of their defence winning 64% of his duels this season, and despite having his worst performance of the season last game against Sunderland, he will no doubt be back to his best on the weekend, becoming almost un-droppable for Slaven Bilic this season.

CB: Scott Dann (Crystal Palace)

3 November 2014 - Barclays Premier League - Crystal Palace v Sunderland - Scott Dann of Crystal Palace - Photo: Marc Atkins / Offside.

With a faltering career following Birmingham’s relegation, and not being able to make it back into the Premier League as captain of Blackburn Rovers, Dann joined Palace and has since been a regular first choice centre-half, winning the club’s Player of the Year in 2014/15 and penning a new five-year deal in the summer. Already this season he has managed a goal, assist and a Man of the Match award, and he’ll be hoping to add to that tally against West Ham.

LB: Aaron Cresswell (West Ham)

Just like Jenkinson, Cresswell had a howler against Bournemouth earlier in the season, but has came good since, especially in the huge away wins against Liverpool and Manchester City. The 25-year-old Liverpudlian has received rave reviews from fans and pundits alike since signing from Ipswich back in 2014, and if it wasn’t for the current wealth of English left backs on the scene, Cresswell would surely be knocking on Roy Hodgson’s door for a call-up. Who knows, with Luke Shaw out for a while, anything could happen between now and the Euros.


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